History and Milestones

Success stories often start with a vision and pioneer who believes in an idea and puts it into practice, regardless of what others think. For the Klinik Hirslanden, that pioneer was Heinrich Hatt-Haller. It was largely thanks to him that the private hospital could be built in 1932.

Today, the Klinik Hirslanden has access to medical possibilities that were unimaginable when Heinrich Hatt-Haller was alive. What was then revolutionary has since become history. Nevertheless, without many developments and discoveries, much that is new and improved would not have been possible.

In what follows we invite you to learn more about how the Klinik Hirslanden came into being and grew. Please come in!


History at a glance

Inauguration Klinik Hirslanden:

Three years in the building, the Klinik Hirslanden is inaugurated by Heinrich und Marie Hatt-Haller in May 1932. The hospital gives doctors working privately the space they so urgently need as well as facilities for operating on and nursing their patients. The instigator of the project was architect Hermann Weideli, who showed enormous foresight: 60 years on, his concept and building fabric could be taken over largely as they were, extended, and the clinic brought right up to date.



Following a turbulent period in the wake of a universally prevalent economic crisis, a group of prominent Zürich doctors approaches the then Swiss Bank Corporation. By committing financial resources to the clinic, the bank helps it to assume a more efficient organisational structure.



British anaesthetics procedure (new to Switzerland) is brought in.
The surgeon and the surgeon’s staff are no longer responsible for anaesthetics, which is placed in the hands of a doctor trained specially for the purpose. For the wellbeing of patients during and after operations, this is a key innovation.



Hirslanden purchases land in Zürich’s Enzenbühlstrasse and builds nursing accommodation on it. For at least some clinic staff, this provides inexpensive living quarters in the immediate vicinity.



Modern premises for physiotherapy with built-in exercise bath open up new therapeutic possibilities in the areas of orthopaedics and rheumatology. To promote successful follow-up treatment, equipment can also be used by outpatients.



The latest equipment for tomography, mammography, and ultra-sound scanning is taken into service.



The Klinik Hirslanden’s reputation as a first-class obstetric clinic and the resultant increased demand make it necessary to enlarge the obstetrics department. Monitoring, introduced at the same time, makes it possible to keep an eye on how the unborn child develops.



The Klinik Hirslanden opens its new operating suite. This opens the way for surgery of the most ambitious kind, associated with the most demanding prerequisites.



Establishment of the private-clinic group Hirslanden AG, the first-ever private-clinic group in Switzerland.



Total renovation and extension completed. The Klinik Hirslanden now has 163 beds, the most modern infrastructure, and consulting facilities for doctors practising at the Clinic.



Inauguration of the Hirslanden Trauma Centre and the Zürich Sports Clinic.



The range of services provided by the Klinik Hirslanden is extended by the ENT Centre and the Endoclinic, a centre for endoprosthetics and joint surgery.



The emergency ward becomes available around the clock.



Outpatient rehabilitation with move>med, the Swiss Olympic Medical Center, is extended. The British investor group, BC Partners Funds, takes over Hirslanden Holding AG.



The Sports Clinic, the Endoclinic, and the visceral surgery department all receive a staff increase. The Hirslanden Headache Centre [Kopfwehzentrum] opens at Münchhaldenstrasse 33 in Zürich. The Klinik Hirslanden’s cardiac catheterisation laboratory gets a fully digital Siemens cardiac catheter installation with high-resolution shallowness detection.



The Hirslanden Vein Centre (VenenZentrum) opens at Rämistrasse 3 in Zürich.



The first turf is dug for the H107 clinic extension. The Gastric Centre [GastroZentrum] and the Spinal Surgery Department both receive staff increases. The Centre for Urology, the Metabolic Centre(StoffwechselZentrum), and the Internal Medicine Department open their doors.



The new Zürich Radiotherapy Institute goes into operation. Modern equipment makes it possible to perform extremely precise, protective radiotherapy.



The Klinik Hirslanden celebrates its 75th anniversary. Autumn will see the opening of the new building. The inaugural and anniversary celebrations will climax with an Open Day on 8 September 2007.


The Hirslanden private hospital group was acquired by the South African hospital group Mediclinic Corporation Limited in October 2007.



Opening of the Neurosurgery department at Klinik Hirslanden. Disorders, injuries and deformities of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) can be diagnosed and treated. The department cooperates closely with various international university centres.


The Hirslanden Zurich Emergency Centre inaugurated its new infrastructure control system in July. The new separate entrance is centrally located – easy to reach by auto or ambulance.


The Emergency Centre has a top-notch infrastructure for diagnostics as well as specialists from all areas, who can be called in as needed.






Klinik Hirslanden
Witellikerstrasse 40
8032 Zürich
T +41 44 387 21 11


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